Dipo is a Ghanaian traditional festival celebrated by the people of Odumase in the Eastern region of Ghana. The festival is celebrated in the month of April every year. The festival is used to usher in puberty, girls who are virgins and it signifies that a lady, who partakes in it, is of age to be married. Parents upon hearing the announcement of the rites send their qualified girls to the chief priest. However, these girls would have to go through rituals and tests to prove their chastity before they qualify to partake in the festival.
On the first day of the rites, the girls have their heads shaved and dressed with cloth around their waist to just their knee level. This is done by a special ritual mother and it signifies their transition from childhood to adulthood. They are paraded to the entire community as the initiates (dipo-yi).
Early the next morning, the chief priest gives the initiates a ritual bath. He pours libation to ask for blessings for the girls. He then washes their feet with the blood of a goat which their parents presented. This is to drive away any spirit of barrenness. The crucial part of the rite is when the girls sit on the sacred stone. This is to prove their virginity. However, any girl found to be pregnant or not a virgin is detested by the community and does not entice a man from the tribe.
The girls are then housed for a week, where they are given training on cooking, housekeeping, childbirth and nurture. The ritual mothers give them special lessons on seduction and how to treat their husbands right. They learn the Klama dance which will be performed on the final day of the rites.
After the one-week schooling, they are finally released and the entire community gathers to celebrate their transition into womanhood. They are beautifully dressed in rich kente cloth accessorized with beads around their waist, neck, and arms. With singing and drumming, they perform the Klama dance. At this point, any man interested in any one of them can start investigating into her family. it is assumed that any lady who partakes in the rites not only brings honor to herself but to her family at large.
First Day – The arrival of Dipo initiates and parents at the Dipo houses for registration and inspection of required things to be used for Dipo rites of passage.
Second Day – Early morning ritual bath at the water streams to cleanse the Dipo girls off bad lucks and curses towards the climax of Dipo.
Third Day – Climax day of Dipo is a pilgrimage to the sacred rock in the afternoon
* morning tours to the Krobo recycled glass bead makers homes to see how recycled glass beads are made and it symbolism attached to Dipo rite of passage.
* adventure hiking trails to the Krobo mountain i.e the ancestral home of the Krobo tribe where Dipo rites were initiated over 400 years till date.
* Akaa or Boti waterfalls, 3 headed palm tree, the twin rocks and the umbrella rock
* Weekend @ the bars and pool site
* Saturday market scene tours